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Kasich should do more to get in touch with his McKees Rocks roots



Published: Tue, May 3, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

Kasich should do more to get in touch with his McKees Rocks roots

Last Tuesday Gov. John Kasich made his fifth trip to the Mahoning Valley since becoming the state’s chief executive. There is nothing unusual about the governor visiting the Valley other than the fact that this was an unannounced visit. The usual procedure for a visit by the governor is that the local media is notified one or two days prior to the visit in order that the proper preparations can be made.

Gov. Kasich’s spokesman Rob Nichols said, “Not everything is a media event.” Well from my perspective I found the entire visit very peculiar. It wasn’t a media event but he did a live interview on 570 WKBN prior to his local visits at V&M Star and Delphi in Howland. He also found time to sit down with a local TV anchor and do an exclusive interview from which portions were aired over several nightly news casts. It is interesting that The Vindicator attempted to get an interview with the governor but was denied. Unfortunately, the general public was not informed of the visit and only the selected few had any true access to the governor.

Gov. Kasich snuck into our backyard on Tuesday and only talked and met with hand selected media and folks he wanted to talk to. He said, “I’ve been to the Valley a bunch of times” and I think he vividly remembers his visit to the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna earlier this year where hundreds of Valley residents stood in the cold, loudly expressing their displeasure as the governor spoke inside to the area chamber of commerce.

So, in a typical Fox News approach, he spoke to only select individuals and played all us common folks as fools. It wasn’t a media event but he got the media he needed. He patted a few business folks on the back and said, ’”We want to do anything we can to help you folks at V&M.”

This is the same guy that that blasted Gov. Ted Strickland for taking the stimulus money from Washington. I guess he didn’t know that the V&M project received a $20 million grant of stimulus funding to enhance our area’s chance of securing the project.

While visiting the Valley, Kasich is fond of saying, “I am from McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania,” suggesting that this wonderful western Pennsylvania middle class community helps him identify with the Mahoning Valley. Don’t fool yourself, Gov. Kasich. We of the Mahoning Valley understand your game. The next time you visit us, why not hold an open forum and talk with my constituents?

They resent an aloof and dogmatic approach to governance. What the folks of the Valley want to see is the John Kasich who was that kid from McKees Rocks, Pa.

Ronald V. Gerberry, Austintown

The writer is the Democratic representative of the 59th Ohio House District.


Comments

1SAVEOURCOUNTRY(467 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Amen Brother! He is as close to us as Pluto's orbit around the sun. He is an elitist worried only about how much money he and his friends can make off the state of Ohio the next three and a half years as Ohio slips farther behind.

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2commoncitizen(959 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Why doesn't Gerberry,Hagen, Ryan,etc. annonunce in advance when and where they will be in the area personally, NOT only for PR reasons?

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3borylie(768 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

When will the democrats come up with solutions,ideas and positive thoughts to advance their political agenda,instead of berating Governor Kasich for coming here or for not coming here?

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4author50(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Kashich must be coming out against slots in the racinos and Ron will have to give back his donations from Penn Gaming!

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5assiseeit(36 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Kudos to Gerberry for calling it as he see's it!

The governor has now made a trip to VM Star. How many more people want to go and try and put their name on the success of that company? Its time to get over the excitement of VM Star. We have a very successful project there but it's here already. Why not work on the next upcoming project. Lets go find a NEW company to bring to the valley. VM Star is old news. Was great news but now its old. I'm tired of hearing the Regional Chamber boast about it. Tell me about the next project!!!

Did Kasich visit the racino location? I thought he was for bringing jobs to Ohio no matter what it takes? His words- "We will do whatever it takes!" 1500 Construction Jobs and 1000 direct and indirect jobs will be lost to PA if the Mahoning Downs Racino is built just over the state line before the one is built in Austintown. Did the governor meet with the Austintown and Mahoning County officials while he was in town?

By the way... I have called both Gerberry and Schivoni in the past about issues I have had and they represent my district. I have received calls back from both of them personally. They are there when you need them.

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6JME(801 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Gerberry, why was it that only select Democrat dignitaries were able to get tickets to see Bill Clinton last year when he was in town to support Strickland's reelection?
You had no problem leaving out your constituents who might have wanted to hear why Strickland should have been reelected.

What a hypocrite.

And you wonder why you, Buckwheat, and Betras get no respect from the rest of the State.

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7JME(801 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Gerberry, explain this:

"the headquarters representatives announced that the majority of tickets were given to “Democratic officeholders and candidates as well as precinct committee members and campaign volunteers.”

" I’m just really disappointed in the false information and the lack of sincerity in intention the Mahoning Valley Democratic Party is showing its people. "

http://www.vindy.com/news/2010/oct/29...

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8Adams(14 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Gerbs, Gerbs Gerbs………You double dipping whiner!
Not only did your letter have about as much representation in substance as you have delivered to this valley as our representative (NONE) it wasn’t worth the paper, ink and postage I’m sure you charged to the taxpayers. Write 10 more letters and you will catch up to as many public offices you wanted to run for during your worthless feeding at the public trough.
The bottom line is that our local senators have tried to reach across party lines and you haven’t. You, as a senior legislator with so much experience, had a golden opportunity to become the minority leader of the house and you failed to step up to the plate for US! Just maybe if you showed some leadership skills would the governor would include you in his attempt to recognize and deliver something to the Valley.
Any chance you can offer, debate, compromise or take a stand on issues that will help us instead of complaining about such a petty issue? We need more from of representatives than a letter. WE NEED ACTION!

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9Unbelievable(3 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

So what, exactly is he complaining about? Is he mad that Kasich didn't inform him of his visit? Why does this entire letter sound like that of a 4th grade cry-baby? "But he didn't invite me..."

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